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Eminem suing iTunes (again)

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 11 August 2007

Eight Mile LLC & Martin Affiliated LLC, the companies that own publishing and copyrights to rapper Eminem’s songs, have filed suit against Apple’s iTunes.

They claim that Universal, the company that distributes Eminem’s albums, was never authorised to distribute his music online.

According to the experts, the suit has merit.  There is a growing feeling within the industry that publishers—who actually own the copyright—and not labels should have final say on where and how the music is distributed.

Furthermore these suits may become more common.

Entertainment lawyer Owen Slone told the Detroit News to expect more of these types of suits in the future as it becomes a bigger issue. He also said another factor playing into the dispute is the division of royalties between the label, publisher, and artist.

Source:  BetaNews

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